Quotation by Aldous Huxley

Nobody who has any kind of creative imagination can possibly be anything but disappointed with real life.... Of course, you could always argue that you live more intensely in your mental world-substitute than we who only wallow in the real thing.... But the trouble is that you can't be content to stick to your beautiful ersatz. You have to descend into evening clothes and Ciro's and chorus girls—and perhaps even politics ... with lamentable results. Because you're not at home with these lumpy bits of matter. They depress you, they bewilder you, they shock you and sicken you and make a fool of you.
Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944).

Eustace Barnack's remark is a recurring theme in Huxley's work: the distance between the world of art and ideas on one hand and reality on the other.
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